Norrie's Law

Ordnance Survey Map Reference NO409073

The cairn looking west

Looking north west

Looking north


Norrie's Law is a bronze age grave mound, sitting at the highest point of a natural ridge. Objects are said to have been found in a stone coffin within this tumulus. An article in The East of Fife Record dated June 16th 1882 tells of the Discovery of the Norrie's Law hoard and that they appeared to have been found around 1819. The hoard is said to have consisted of a full suit of armour with helmet, shield, sword handle and scabbard which were entirely made of silver. This hoard was reputedly dug up by a local tinker who went on to sell his finds to a local jeweller, Mr Robert Robertson, in Cupar, for various sums of money - the silver was melted down. However, in the article the local historian of the period Dr Laing, gives us an earlier date of 1817 which tallies with that of Mr Albert Way who catalogued the few remaining pieces for an exhibition at the Archaeological institute of Great Britain. It is said that the person who purloined the valuable hoard still resided in Pitlessie in good circumstances, free of the attentions of the exchequer to claim the fruits of his ill gotten wealth and that he naturally declined much communication on the subject. Some of the finds from Norrie's Law can now be seen in the National Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street Edinburgh.

There's not a lot to see, the mound was pretty overgrown, however the view from the ridge is quite spectacular.

Visited 7th August 2006

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